Just like any other clothing you own, you should think hard and well first before actually allowing yourself to hand over that card. Each and every clothing that you own should be an investment on your part to ensure that you are not just wasting a good amount of money for nothing. Quality is still more important than quantity. Sometimes it is fine to buy expensive clothing, as long as you are sure that it is high quality and will not end up loosing threads in the days to come.
The most common type of knit clothing are sweaters. There are two types, which are: zip up or button down, and pullovers. The button down type, as the name implies, are open in front with buttons or zippers which you can close during cold days or as a fashion statement.
Pullovers don’t have either and they are the ones which you put over your head and slide your arms on the sides to be able to wear it. Knowing the difference between the two is already a bragging right for you in the fashion industry.
There are other types of knitwear in the market: beanies, swimsuits, cardigans, crop tops, blouses, etc. The list is endless. If you have been wanting to buy that knit clothing for a long time but you are just not sure if its going to be a good clothing investment, here are a two main tips to help you in deciding.
The Material Used
There are different types of materials used for knitwear. These materials include but are not limited to wool, silk, cotton, hemp and other synthetic materials. The care for each type depends on the material used and will be discussed next.
Wool usually comes from animal skin, like sheep or goat. Cashmere, which comes from goats, is the most preferred material because it is soft, warm and lighter than the other materials. Wool is more durable compared to other synthetic materials. Cotton and is less likely to obtain holes due to long use.
Wool knit clothes are preferred to be used outdoors because of its ability to absorb moisture and its insulation. Aside from that, it also does not retain body odor therefore does not require frequent washing and cleaning.
Silk, on the other hand, comes from insects and is considered to be a great material. It is breathable and is more lightweight than wool. Other materials, are cheaper but the quality is not as good in comparison to the organic ones. These materials are also easier to maintain and to take care of.
How To Take Care Of It Depending On The Material Used
Wool should be hand washed in temperate water and gentle soap. Avoid putting it in the dryer because it will shrink due to its ability to contain moisture. Just spread it out on a flat surface and allow to air dry. Also, do not hang up in a hanger. Just fold wool knitwears and do not jam and keep in an enclosed space. Allow space for it to be exposed to air.
The care is similar with silk and cotton although they don’t shrink as much. Washing and dry cleaning should be done sparingly. Also, do not use silk when you tend to sweat a lot because it absorbs sweat and causes yellow stains.
The other materials can be machine washed but still needs care when washing to extend the longevity of the clothing.